Cruising the Great Loop: Chicago, Illinois to Mobile, Alabama

This segment of the Great Loop is a trip through America’s heartland of more than 1,000 miles on the inland rivers. Chicago is the last big city you see until you reach the Gulf of Mexico. Many areas are rather remote, and all but very fast boats will likely have to spend a few nights Read More

Chartering Norway’s Fjords

Photos courtesy of Greg Burke (theluxuryvacationguide.com) Norway’s fjords are carved into legend. Steep mountains dive deep into crystal-clear glacial green waters, waterfalls plummet from snowcapped summits even in summer, when days are eternal — often 23 hours of light. The best way to experience Norway’s fjords is by water. You can board a ferry or Read More

Boating on Lake Michigan

Lake Michigan is the third largest of the Great Lakes, and the only Great Lake located entirely in the United States. Lake Michigan’s name is derived from the Ojibwa tribe word mishigami, which means “large lake.” The French entrepreneur and woodsman Jean Nicolet was the first European to explore Lake Michigan in 1634. Since that Read More

The Trifecta in the Maldives

Kia Koropp, along with her husband John, and two children Braca, 6 and Ayla, 4, began cruising around the world on their 50-foot sailboat, Atea, in 2011. This is an excerpt from their adventures in the Maldives, an island chain located in South Asia on the Indian Ocean. After two months exploring the glorious Maldives, Read More

Cruising the Islands of The Bahamas

Vacationing to foreign countries is exciting, but traveling to another country aboard your own boat is an adventure and accomplishment beyond compare. Fortunately for boaters in the U.S. and Canada, the Bahamas gives us a beautiful island country we can easily visit with a little careful planning. The Bahamas is one of the largest island Read More

Our Houseboat Adventure

If you live in the Midwest and you want to experience life on the water, you don’t have to go very far. From small rivers to the Great Lakes, there are options for every kind of boater and skill set. In June of 2017, when we decided to remodel our house in Chicago, my family Read More

Boating on the West Coast of Florida

The West Coast of Florida stretches 550 nautical miles from Cape Sable, at the southern tip of the Everglades, to Perdido Key, which is the western border of the state’s panhandle. Florida’s west coast, including the Panhandle, offers boaters amazing cruising opportunities. Except for the open water passage across the Big Bend, the Gulf Intracoastal Read More

ICW Southbound: Virginia to Florida

The Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway  (Atlantic ICW) is a continuous and mostly protected navigable route from Norfolk, Virginia, to Miami, Florida. Originally conceived in 1802 for commercial use, today it is primarily used by recreational vessels. However, light-draft commercial vessels, along with small tugs pulling barges, will make use of the ICW to avoid exposed open-ocean Read More